September 27, 2013 Bistro, Bruntsfield, Burger, Hotel, soup No Comments

Sometimes, I find myself overcome by cobwebs and in need of the satisfaction that can only be afforded by a full-blown assault on a restaurant’s menu.

Exterior

Exterior

In this form, I found myself in Tollcross and somewhat at a loss as to where to go. I alighted upon Bisque, and although I’d heard about the place, I really didn’t know what to expect. What I found what a rather charming blend of hydro hotel and upscale footy watching locale.

Bisque

Bisque

Upon arrival, I was given the option of dining in the bar, or in the restaurant. Given that I was confident of Tottenham Hotspur’s progression in the particular showcased football basho, I suggested that the restaurant might be preferable.

I was led through to a nicely appointed dining room. Menus were brought, and an apéritif ordered.

Burger

Burger

My consideration of the menu took a good wee while. It was clear that I was going to start with the seafood bisque, but the main course was less clear-cut. I eventually settled upon their burger, with the “cadillac” option of smoked cheese and bacon topping exercised.

My starter, although understated in its presentation, was jammed full of flavour. It put me in mind of the excellent seafood bisque I’d had at the Nira Caledonia, which is high praise, indeed.

Cheese

Cheese

The burger wasn’t quite so good, but it did show promise. I liked the idea of a brown bread bun, and although it just about managed to maintain structural integrity, it didn’t fill me with a feeling of confidence throughout. The smoked cheese and bacon rather dominated as flavours, too, and while the burger looked plenty juicy enough, it struggled to compete with these powerful flavours. Next time, I’d order their plain burger, and would be optimistic that I’d find myself well pleased.

The cheese board was good, with the lovely fruity, spiced ginger bread an absolute treat.

So overall, I enjoyed my visit to Bisque. Their eponymous dish was very good, and while the burger didn’t quite hit the spot, a pared down approach would realise very pleasing results, I suspect. I’d be happy to come back and try more dishes on their menu, and would gladly point you in their direction.

Scores
Blythe scores Bisque
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20

I ate: seafood bisque; cadillac burger; cheese board

I drank: sherry; viognier; merlot; port; espresso

I wore: blue tweed

Total bill: £43

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Written by BKR